Known best for making prisoners in the desert wear pink underwear, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of violating the civil rights of American citizens (specially Hispanics) in his zeal to combat illegal immigration.
Fortunately for (former) Sheriff Joe, he has friends in high places.
I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2017
Thank you @realdonaldtrump for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!
— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 26, 2017
Although Trump’s pardon is legal, it sets a dangerous precedent for bad cops who flirt with the idea that ignoring constitutional laws is a
good great idea.
Just in the last decade police officers have been caught illegally:
- X-raying residential blocks (which is also dangerous)
- Torturing suspects in secret buildings (resulting in one death)
- Planting drugs on innocent civilians
- Altering crime scenes to cover up murder
All of these were done in the name of keeping America safe.
Sheriff Joe violated constitutional law in order end illegal immigration in the great state of Arizona.
No one sane questions Sheriff Joe’s intent—it’s his method that is appalling.
If Cops are allowed to skirt around the constitution in the name of justice, then how are they better than any other vigilante that decides to take law in their own hands‽
Update: Trump was going to pardon Sheriff Joe all along‽
After talking with Sessions, Trump decided to let the case go to trial, and if Arpaio was convicted, he could grant clemency.
So the president waited, all the while planning to issue a pardon if Arpaio was found in contempt of court for defying a federal judge’s order to stop detaining people merely because he suspected them of being undocumented immigrants. Trump was, in the words of one associate, “gung-ho about it.” (Washington Post)
Talk about a political pardon based upon friendship! So much for the rule of law & Trump becoming a law & order president.